Keith Allen, 49, of Lufkin, was born January 18, 1960 in Lufkin, Texas. He passed away Thursday, November 19, 2009 after a valiant battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife and three sons.
Keith was a long term employee of Vertis, Inc. and was a member of Lufkin's First United Methodist Church. He was a 1978 graduate of Hudson High School, where he was elected as an All-American Baseball Catcher and attended East Texas Baptist University. Keith loved all sports, but his passion was baseball, and he actively supported the Lufkin Youth Baseball Association for over 20 years as a team coach, coaching not only his 3 sons through the years, but countless other children as well. One of his greatest joys was that the kids affectionately called him "Coach Keith". He was also an avid deer hunter and a member of the 2-Bit Hunting Club. He will be missed by his family and many, many friends.
Keith is survived by his wife of 26 years, Robin Melton Allen of Lufkin; sons, Russell Keith Allen, 24, of Kapaa, Hawaii, Zachary Ryan Allen, 18, of Nacogdoches, Texas and Robert Mark Allen, 15, of Lufkin, Texas. He is also survived by his parents, James and Rose Allen of Hudson; parents-in-law, Bob and Lynda Melton of Lufkin; brother, David Allen; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bob and Mona Melton of Lufkin; and nieces, Ashley Cowart of The Woodlands and Alexia Melton of Lufkin.
Pallbearers will be Duncan Garner, Dr. Mel Cole, Doug Thompson, Roy Westbrook, Gandy Stubblefield and Gary Greening.
Keith's family wishes to extend special thanks and appreciation to Dr. Mel Cole, Dr. Jose Capellan, Dr. Kavitha Pinnamaneni, Dr. Karina Urquia, A Pineywoods Home Health and the entire nursing staff at Woodland Heights Medical Center for their loving and compassionate care.
Expressions of sympathy in Keith's memory may be made to the Hudson Hornets Baseball Booster Club, c/o Hudson ISD, 6735 Ted Trout Drive, Lufkin, Texas 75904.
Services for Keith will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 21, 2009, in the Gipson Funeral Home Chapel, with Reverend D. Nick Sholars officiating. Interment will follow in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday evening at Gipson Funeral Home.
Condolences may be offered at www.mem.com.
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